Hypothermia is more common in older people and males
Australia’s death rate due to cold weather is 2x that of Sweden
A body temperature below 32°C is life-threatening
Hypothermia occurs when someone is exposed to cold conditions for a prolonged period of time, resulting in a drop in body temperature from 37°C to below 35 °C. The risk of getting hypothermia increases greatly if you are elderly, very young, underweight or malnourished.
If you suspect someone of having hypothermia, begin by moving them somewhere warm, removing any wet or damp clothing, and warm their head, neck, chest and groin area with a warm blanket. It may also help to provide them with warm drinks – avoid giving them alcohol.
Hypothermia is a medical emergency. If they are motionless, breathing slowly or have dilated pupils, go to your nearest hospital or call 000 immediately.